Carl Andress (The Divine Sister, Die Mommie Die!, The Third Story) directs the production for Primary Stages that began previews Jan. 21. Performances were originally scheduled through March 16. Tickets for the two-week extension through March 30 are now on sale.
Busch and longtime stage collaborator JulieHalston (The Divine Sister, Anything Goes) co-star in the comedy, which also features Mary Bacon (Giant), Cynthia Harris (Lost in Yonkers, "Mad About You"), Keira Keeley (Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie) and Jonathan Walker (The Assembled Parties, The Divine Sister).
According to Primary Stages, "This new comedy features Mr. Busch himself as an out-of-work female impersonator who, when his elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse. This 'perfect' plan goes awry and leads to a wild path of twists and reversals plotted by an eccentric rogues gallery of outrageous schemers. Expect Busch's signature blend of quick-witted banter and gender-bending hijinks in this new play."
The Tribute Artist has scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Gregory Gale, lighting design by Kirk Bookman, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff, original music by Lewis Flinn and wig design by Katherine Carr. In 2011 Primary Stages presented the premiere of Busch's Olive and the Bitter Herbs. The company also produced his 1994 comedy You Should Be So Lucky.
Busch last appeared Off-Broadway in his comedies Judith of Bethulia and The Divine Sister. He also appeared in a staged reading of Matthew Lombardo's Tea at Five as Katherine Hepburn as a benefit for The Ali Forney Center. His play The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, which began life at the Manhattan Theatre Club, later transferred to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. He wrote the book for the Broadway mounting of Taboo, and he also penned the screenplays for and starred in the films "Die, Mommie, Die" and "Psycho Beach Party." His noted plays include The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and the long-running Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Busch's Off-Broadway appearances also include The Third Story and Die, Mommie, Die. He made his directorial film debut with "A Very Serious Person."